La Cuchara

4.7
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$30 and under
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Basque
Located in historic Woodberry, La Cuchara represents the asadors and pintxo bars of the Basque region of Northern Spain and Southern France.

La Cuchara updates its menu daily to offer the best quality produce and provisions available, and features a pintxo station, craft cocktails & a wood-fired grill.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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TM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner. We were celebrating the birthdays of my two sons and I was impressed that the waitress was aware of this and brought us a special dessert. The dining room was less than full due to the corona virus. I am very happy we were able to get there before the mandatory shutdown.

CM
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore! Consistently great service and food, accompanied by a unique and bustling atmosphere. Great bar!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above expectations! We received very good service and the food was incredible!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for my fiancé Joe! We loved everything about this place!

DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible time! We celebrated my wife's successful dissertation defense and birthday. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was lovely, and the La Cuchara team is super kind. La Cuchara also helped celebrate with a surprise birthday dessert and a dissertation dessert wine. If you are looking to splurge on an excellent night out, La Cuchara is the place to go!

R
Baltimore
75 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cuchara is a terrific restaurant. A lot of choices. We split 2 small plates; 2 medium plates and one entree. Our server was excellent, available but not obtrusive. I would recommend to anyone.

m
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding, I will admit I was at best hesitant about eating here but I was not disappointed at all. Everything was amazing, we started with Charcuterie Board - portions and selections were delicious. Husband had Rockfish and I stuck with small bites. I thought about this meal all day today, so yummy. We will be back. The place is a bit noisy but is very cozy and warm for a cold night.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, delicious wines by the glass—- we will go again

K
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation right at 5 o'clock when they open. The service was amazing, they were very helpful in going through the menu, the drinks were great, and the food and dessert were great! I was also really impressed with the level of noise (not a lot!) Would definitely go here again!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious dinner. Duck, carrots, and mushrooms were amazing. Best of all was our server, Brent. He was FABULOUS!

F
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent at every level, year after year. The variety of creative and tasty dishes, amazing wine list, comfortable atmosphere, and world class service make it one of the best restaurants anywhere in the U.S. Kudos to their team.

MY
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and experience! Thank you!

CT
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so good… We had nicest server and just a perfect evening!!

PV
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

La Cuchara Is a very interesting restaurant and in a good way; finding the place is a little tricky because the roadways to get there seem one-way but the signs point the same direction as oncoming traffic. However, when you drive over the wooden bridge it just gives this feeling of traveling into a new world. Upon entry into the restaurant the door had a lot of hand prints and for the type of food being provided... The place should definitely have a clean front door but the hostess made up for it with her exceptional level of hospitality. We were seated at a two person table ( Which was too small for our tasting of bites / apps. As we sat down we were offered tap or sparkling and that was a nice touch. (Water refills were not as aggressive as I hoped them to be but most restaurants make you ask for your choice of water and it was offered here) The menu layout was great but a little overwhelming. It left me needing to asking a ton of questions about the menu and we ended up ordering a plethora of items out of " not knowing or understanding " What was there". Ultimately, we ordered two cheeses but my Significant Other was allergic to pork so we couldn't order any of the meats - We ended up ordering two smaller bites, fish similar to a ceviche like substance, and wood fired trout. Overall, all of it was beyond exceptional - The cheeses were a little on the wild side as far as the taste ( Something that would pair really well with wine but not as a regular snack. Now back to the service, we mentioned to the server that my GF was allergic to pork and something was given to us that had pork (Server should've remembered and the servers should always be asking for allergies at the tables) The person walking around asking if everyone was okay was a little raw on the service side but other than that everything was fine. GF ordered strip steak and I ordered a beef arraignment 10/10 on food. Service needs some fixing and attire is too relaxed but I would highly recommend this.

HL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated an engagement and they made the bride to be feel so special!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Hannah was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu! The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place an absolute treat!

k
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we are frequent flyers. Love the place!! from start to finish everything was perfect.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Staff very helpful and professional. Atmosphere great!

S
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I wish I could write better review. Appetizers average, soup was cold, main course had no taste, and the menu confusing. Expected more value for the price.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic one of my favorite places in Baltimore

LL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there with two friends, celebrating one's birthday, and our waitress thoughtfully brought some complimentary bubbly as we had dessert. That capped what had already been a lovely evening. The food is wonderfully authentic and flavorful, the ambience is warm and inviting, if loud, and you feel very much as though you're in a special place.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, the food and service was impeccable. One of the best restaurants in the Baltimore area. Highly suggested for a night out!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious, drinks a little pricey, great atmosphere

TK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the service was amazing. Definitely looking forward to coming back again!

ML
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I'd give it another chance because we were limited to a pre fixed menu for vqlentines day but overall the food was just very average. For $100 a person we all left very disappointed.

AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Went there for Valentines' day dinner - so perhaps the fixed price menu was a bit ambitious for La Cuchara, but the 5 course meal was so overly salted (for both of us) it destroyed what should have been a reasonably good meal. I've been to La Cuchara several times, and while the food is moderately good the other visits, this experience was so negative that I felt obligated to review.

WM
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. It was Valentine's Day so the restaurant offered a fixed price, five course menu with limited selections - which made complete sense on such a busy evening. Overall, we had a wonderful dinner. The portions were much larger than we anticipate. The food was fresh and very tasty. We had excellent service with attention from about 10 restaurant staff members. We love this restaurant.

R
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Head chef, Ben and his brother Jake really make the entire experience of this restaurant. My wife and I were there for Valentine's Day. No doubt I tough night to get everything right. Not a problem for this team though. Some chef's, as they gain notoriety, feel it necessary to escalate price to nose bleed levels. Not Ben - price is extremely fair for the value of the amazing flavor of this food. I will return again and again. Another thing - as they sat tables around me - you heard the server ask if this was their 1st time at La Cuchara. Everyone I heard answer that question was return customers. That says a lot. Thanks Ben and Jake!

TZ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, creative presentation, excellent service, great wine selection. Love this place!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular all around.
Jackie K was one of the best servers that I've had.

OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was truly outstanding. One of the best in all of greater Baltimore. The food was tasty albeit somewhat outside my culinary preferences. Fun for tapas experiences. Superb wine selection for both newbies and connoisseurs.

J
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Cuchara. We went to celebrate my birthday and the service was fantastic. Everything I have ordered has been delicious and I will definitely return to try more menu items. The cocktail and wine list is great as well. Some of the best cocktails I've had in Baltimore. The flavor combinations were excellent for both of our entrees. You can never go wrong with the steak. The desert menu looked delicious; I highly recommend the churros.

ES
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good and service.
Great meal.

HW
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE to dine out, & we’re fortunate enough to be able to do it quite a lot. I have to say that our recent dinner at La Cuchara was one the best meals I’ve eaten ever! There were four of us in the group and we each got something different, and then we sampled each other’s choices, and we all loved all of the main courses. We were going to get appetizers, but the homemade breads and butter were so delicious (& free!) that we ate them all, and didn’t have space for appetizers.
We DID sample a couple of the desserts, & they were to die for! Even the coffee & cappuccino were great. We’ve been here lots of times & brought our kids and grandkids and friends, and they all loved it! The wait staff were also lovely - there when you wanted them, lots of on-spot suggestions & recommendations! Yea la Cuchara!

MY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the small plates.. would have preferred a different table ..bar area looked fun, food was very good and loved the selection

L
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Really REALLY loud. Our conversations were mostly impossible amongst the group. With two vegans and one vegetarian in the group (specified beforehand), there weren’t many options for vegans. We were underwhelmed by the food. The atmosphere was pretty good but again, we couldn’t hear each other at all. Very nice to bring a birthday dessert but it was brought to the birthday girl after she was a few bites into her dessert she’d already ordered so it wasn’t eaten. All in all, not too impressed but maybe we’ll give it another shot some other time. Last time we were here was over a year ago and we were underwhelmed but hopefully better things are coming.

PL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious, I will definitely go again. I have family in Basque Country and the restuarant did it justice.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Do much fun; great service recommendations from waiter; friendly & fun

OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They were out of a few items and it was only 7:30 on a friday night.

RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended